General Education Competencies

A General Education Task Force comprising faculty and others from across the college developed the general education competencies listed below. The Faculty Senate and the Academic and Campus Affairs Council have approved these competencies.

Upon completing the general education component of an associate degree, students will demonstrate competence in:

Communication Skills

Develop, interpret, and express ideas and information through written, oral, and visual communication that is adapted to purpose, structure, audience, and medium.

Critical Thinking Skills

Gather, analyze, synthesize, evaluate, and apply information for the purposes of innovation, inquiry, and creative thinking.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills

Apply mathematical, logical, and scientific principles and methods through the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

Personal Responsibility

Identify and apply ethical principles and practices to decision-making by connecting choices, actions, and consequences.

Social Responsibility (Civic and Cultural Awareness)

Analyze differences and commonalities among peoples, ideas, aesthetic traditions, and cultural practices to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.


Consider different points of view to work collaboratively and effectively in pursuit of a shared purpose or goal.

The foundational general education skills are largely synonymous with the marketable skills expected of any college graduate regardless of major.

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